Congressman Pitts Reintroduces Bill To Protect Family Farms, Preserve Open Space
Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16) today reintroduced legislation to protect America's farmland and open spaces. The Family Farm Preservation Act would provide an incentive for preserving open space by preventing farmers from having to pay capital gains taxes when they sell the development rights to their land to a qualified private or governmental land-conservation entity.
Congressman Pitts' statement follows:
Our area of Pennsylvania has long been renowned for its beautiful landscapes and rich farmland. These cherished open spaces are disappearing as the pressure for new development grows. By easing the tax burden on farmers who wish to keep farming their land, this bill encourages the preservation of open space and ensures that future generations will be able to continue to use the land for farming.